Cattleya Intermedia Care Infographic PlantAmerica

Cattleya Intermedia, of the Intermediae subgenus an orchid species that belongs to the Atlantic shorelines of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, can now be easily germinated and grown at home.

These orchids are small-sized, and produce an exuberant bloom and a sweet, fresh fragrance and their care involves things like maintaining the right temperature and optimal soil. As an indoor species that thrives on lots of indirect sunlight, they will brighten up your window sills and sunlit corners with freshness and color.

Cattleya Intermedia Care: Learn the Right Method

This plant is relatively low maintenance and easy enough to cultivate at home. Still, you need to follow some set guidelines to make sure that the basic needs of your intermedia orchids are being fulfilled. Find out what those needs are below here:

WaterWater Requirements

Cattleya intermedia tend to have uniform water requirements throughout the year. So don’t worry about changing your watering schedule from season to season.

Water them regularly and abundantly: let the water flow freely each time through the entire plant and use a potting mixture that allows rapid drainage to prevent root rot.

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Let the orchid and the potting media dry completely before the next watering. Many Cattleya cultivators recommend that you should only water the roots of these orchids and spare the stems and leaves. This decreases the risk of bacterial and fungal rot of this plant.

Overall, you will need to water Cattleya Intermedia only one to two times each week. But during hot, dry months, if you notice the stems and leaves appearing dry and wrinkly, increase the frequency of watering.

LightLight Requirements

Like all other Cattleya orchids, intermedia too love and thrive on bright, indirect light that they use for their growth as an energy source.

These orchids should not be placed under direct sunlight as that will definitely lead to sunburn.

You should place them somewhere where they receive bright but indirect sunlight for extended durations of the day.

Cattleya Light Requirements PlantAmerica

Early morning or late evening sunlight is the best for Cattleya orchids. Especially avoid midday sunlight. These orchids exhibit the ability to acclimatize to higher levels of light when gradually exposed to them.

If natural light is scarce or unavailable, filtered artificial light work just as well. You can even get ones that are timed to spare yourself the extra work of turning the light on and off all the time.

Approximately light intensity equivalent to two thousand to four thousand foot candles is needed for adequate growth. You can judge whether your Cattleya intermedia is getting the right amount of light by observing the color of the leaves: A dark green color of leaves indicates too little light and very light green leaves indicates too much light exposure.

SoilSoil Requirement

Even orchids have their favorites when it comes to the kind of soil they want to grow in. Read ahead to find out the most suitable soil for Cattleya intermedia.

Soil Requirement of Cattleya PlantAmerica

  • Choose a potting medium for Cattleya intermedia that is coarse and drains quickly. Most florists swear by pieces of bark or a combination of husk chips with perlite.
  • Sphagnum moss should not be used in this particular case.
  • Like all other orchids, they can also be mounted on pieces of cork and bark or hung bare-rooted in baskets.

TemperatureTemperature Requirements

In their natural habitat, intermedia orchids are exposed to and can tolerate a variety of temperatures.

  • Ideal daytime temperatures: 70-90 Fahrenheit.
  • Ideal nighttime temperatures: 60 Fahrenheit.
  • This orchid is unique in the sense that, for a short period of time, it will be able to tolerate extremes of temperatures from 100 Fahrenheit to freezing zeros.

HumidityHumidity Requirements

At least sixty percent humidity is needed year-round for growing Cattleya intermedia. High humidity allows your orchids to absorb more water from the atmosphere and bud flowers.

Cattleya Intermedia Humidity PlantAmerica

If you reside in a dry, low humidity area, you should definitely invest in a quality humidifier. You can also increase humidity around your potted orchids by placing a pebble tray filled with water under their pots.

Growing Cattleya Intermedia: A Step by Step Approach

For starters, you can either repot shoots from an already grown Cattleya Intermedia plant in a new pot or cultivate this orchid from scratch using seeds. Continue reading to learn both methods.

– Cattleya Intermedia Seeds

Say you have decided to take over the daunting task of growing Orchids- specifically Cattleya intermedia- from seedlings all by yourself at home:

Seeds of Cattleya Intermedia PlantAmerica

Don’t worry, we have you covered.

  1. First of all, you can easily get Cattleya Intermedia seeds from an established orchid nursery or garden. They can also be ordered online through an authentic source.
  2. These seeds are very sensitive and will come in sterile packaging. You should handle them with utmost care.
  3. Your next step is to take a flask and fill it with a suitable orchid medium. We recommend using something like Knudson’s C that is rich in nutrients.
  4. Plant your seedling initially in the flask. Make sure the temperature and humidity levels are ideal.
  5. Start with an initial exposure of only 200-foot candles of light for most of the day and gradually increase the intensity of light over time.
  6. After six to eight months, the orchid should have grown enough to be repotted in a small three-inch-sized pot.

– Repotting: The Ideal Time and Method

A month or so after flowering, you will notice a bunch of roots half-inch or less emerging from the base of fresh pseudobulbs. This will be your cue to repot them because growth is at its best during this time.

Cattleya Intermedia Repotting PlantAmerica

Cattleya intermedia can and should be repotted every year. We recommend using clay pots as they allow the media to dry faster. Any suitable growth media will do.

FertilizingFertilizer for Cattleya Intermedia

Apply fertilizers every week during the growth period. We recommend using a liquid fertilizer at only half the recommended strength. Orchid experts swear by a combination of fertilizer granules with granular lime.

👩🏻‍🎓 Fun Fact

Cattleya Intermedia belongs to the Cattleya orchid genus, which is known for its ability to withstand and acclimatize to extreme conditions.

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